Jesse Webster From the Great Smoky Mountain National Park featured at November 9th Program on Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

We’re so excited that Jesse Webster from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park will be visiting the Hocking Hills on November 9th  to discuss options for managing Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.  This excerpt from Jesse’s bio says it all:  “I”m certain that you can do something to save your trees and that you will be glad that you did”.

See the press release and flier below for more details on the program and how you can reserve your seat!!

Jesse Webster- Coordinator for Forest Insect and Disease in Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Printable PDF FLIER:  HWA Nov 9 public mtg flier_10.22.15 (2)

Printable PDF Press Release: HWA NOV 9 Press Release

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“Identifying Trees in Winter” program offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, November 13

IMG_0784Fall is in the air, and many of the trees in Southeastern Ohio are already shedding their leaves.  This makes tree identification more difficult, but there are still many clues that you can use to identify trees in their leafless state. “Identifying Trees in Winter”, an educational program designed to provide you with the knowledge to differentiate among the variety of trees on your property in the coming winter months, will be offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, November 13 from 9 am to 3:30 pm.  Participants in this program will:

  • Develop an “eye” for bark and tree shape to aid in winter tree identification
  • Learn to use bud and twig characteristics to identify trees
  • Become familiar with tree fruits like acorns and other clues that can be found on the ground
  • Spend “A Day in the Woods” with foresters exploring the variety of trees that can be found at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

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What’s in Your Woods? Offered on October 9 at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

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Mother bobcat and kitten. Photo Courtesy of Suzie Prange ODNR-Division of Wildlife

As the fall-colored leaves start their descent to the ground, wildlife enthusiasts will experience increased visibility and have some great opportunities to see wildlife in the forest. In the Friday, October 9 program “What’s in your Woods?” attendees will learn about trail cameras and other tools and techniques that can be used to observe woodland wildlife, as well as get information about monitoring efforts in southern Ohio. There will be time to explore the Vinton Furnace State Forest for signs of wildlife activity and check out some field sampling techniques. This program will take place at the Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur.

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Golden Eagle in Vinton County. Photo courtesy of Bill Borovicka, USDA Forest Service

Suzie Prange, furbearer biologist with the ODNR-Division of Wildlife; Craig Hicks, wildlife disease biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; and Bill Borovicka, supervisory forest technician, U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station will lead classroom and field sessions on the following topics:

-Selecting features for trail cameras

-Choosing locations for wildlife monitoring and how to  set up your site

-Hands-on experience looking for wildlife signs

-Using modern technology for nuisance wildlife

-Current research efforts for bobcats, gray fox, golden eagles, and more

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

The final “2nd Friday Series” program scheduled for 2015 is “Identifying Trees in Winter (November 13).

For brochures and more information, visit http://u.osu.edu/seohiowoods. A registration fee of $10 will include meal and program materials. To help prepare materials and plan for meals, please RSVP no later than the Monday preceding the event by returning a registration form, calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1@osu.edu.

“Woodland and Prairie Pollinators” offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on August 14

MonarchRight now prairies, meadows, and other open spaces are filled with blooming flowers, colorful butterflies, and the sounds of various insects pollinating colorful blooms. With their small legs, strong wings, and unique markings; pollinators take on a tremendous task to move pollen while they collect nectar. While we most often think of butterflies resting on large colorful blooms with the beautiful wings softly fluttering, many pollinators rely on trees as host plants for their larva. Some pollinators spend most of their lives in the forest feeding on their host plant. Puddles on the forest floor are also a frequent gathering area for butterflies that congregate there to obtain the nutrients that they need.

The August 14, 2015 program will provide an opportunity to learn about how important both open areas and forest habitats are to our native pollinators. Participants will:

Explore the diversity of pollinators found in SE Ohio woodlands

  • Understand the important roles that pollinators play in our ecosystems
  • Become familiar with woodland plants that pollinators utilize
  • Learn how to enhance pollinator habitat in your woods

Guest presenters for this program include Dave Parshall, Ohio Lepidopterists; Marci Lininger, Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative; Heather Stehle, Crane Hollow State Nature Preserve, and Jennifer Finfera, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from the Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

Future “2nd Friday Series” programs for 2015 include: Fall Wildflowers and Edibles (Sept.11); Monitoring Woodland Wildlife (Oct. 9) and Identifying Trees in Winter (Nov. 13).

For brochures and more information, visit http://u.osu.edu/seohiowoods. A registration fee of $10 will include meal and program materials. To help prepare materials and plan for meals, please RSVP no later than the Monday preceding the event by returning a registration form, calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1@osu.edu.

 Second Friday Series Brochure 2015

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“Identifying the Trees in you Woods”-BONUS Day in the Woods Program- Offered at Hocking College on July 24

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One of the first steps to improving your woodland is to know the species of trees that grow there.  With dozens of tree species on the typical woodland property in Appalachian Ohio, this can be a formidable task.  The program “Identifying the Trees in Your Woods” will introduce you to a simple process.  Participants will learn to use a simple leaf key to guide them.  After lunch, there will be an opportunity to take a walk with foresters to reinforce leaf identification skills and to learn to use other characteristics, such as bark, branching, tree form, and site to help identify trees.

This program will take place at on July 24 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Natural Resources Building (Room 112) on the Hocking College campus located at 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764.  The Natural Resources building is located on the north end of the campus. Parking is available in the North Lot located on the east side of Hocking Parkway (Hocking College Campus – Parking Map).    A registration fee of $10 will include lunch and program materials.  To help prepare materials and plan for meals, please RSVP no later than the Monday, July 20 by returning a registration form, calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1@osu.edu.

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from the Ohio State University Extension, Hocking College, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

Future “2nd Friday Series” programs scheduled to take place at the Vinton Furnace State Forest in 2015 include:  Pollinators in the Woods (Aug. 14); Fall Wildflowers and Edibles (Sept.11); Monitoring Woodland Wildlife (Oct. 9) and Identifying Trees in Winter (Nov. 13).

Second Friday Series Brochure 2015

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Day in the Woods Partners

Day in the Woods Partners

 

 

 

 

 

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid program offered at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp on April 6th

HWA Lake K22IMG_1269Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) was recently discovered at Lake Katharine State State Nature Preserve in Jackson County.  This nonnative invasive pest has the potential to cause widespread mortality in Ohio’s hemlock forests.

Ohio State UniversityExtension is working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (Divisions of Forestry, and Natural Areas and Preserves) to offer an educational program “Hemlock Woolly Adelgid-A pest threatining the hemlocks in Jackson County” on April 6th at Canter’s Cave 4-H camp.  

Join us at Canter’s Cave to:

  • Experience the magnificent hemlock trees at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp
  • Understand the importance of hemlock trees to tourism and the environment in Ohio
  • Learn the significance of hemlock stands at Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve and the Rock Run area of Jackson County
  • Become aware of the serious threat that Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA), a nonnative invasive insect, poses to hemlock trees in the eastern US
  • Receive updates on the current status of HWA in Ohio and at Lake Katharine
  • Learn about Ohio’s Efforts to proactively manage HWA
  • Join in our effort to detect this pest and spread the word

 Program Flyer:  HWA Fyer 4-6-15 Canter’s Cave

 Link to directions to Canter’s Cave: http://4hcanterscave.osu.edu/find-us/directions

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Ohio Publication: http://ohioline.osu.edu/pdf/b962-14.pdf

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Day in the Woods-2nd Friday Series program finalized for 2015

” A Day in the Woods-2nd Friday Series” is designed to provide landowners and folks with an interest in natural resources opportunities to learn about and care for woodlands.  The 12,000 acre Vinton Furnace State Forest is one the premier research and demonstration forests in the United States, and it’s right in our back yard near McArthur.

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From left to right: A Night in the Forest (May 8; 6:30 PM); Maintaining a Healthy Woodland (June12); Historic Land Use: How it shaped our forests (July 10) and Tree Identification at Hocking College (July 24)

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From left to right: Woodland Pollinators (August 14); Fall Edibles and Understory Plants (September 11); What’s in Your Woods (October 9) and Identifying Trees in Winter (November 13).

“A Day in the Woods” provides you with multiple occasions to interact with foresters, wildlife biologists, natural resources professionals and your peers in a setting that is ideal for learning about southeastern Ohio’s woodlands. Beginning on May 8th with “A Night in the Forest,” the “2nd Friday Series” will offer day-long programs on a variety of topics through November 13.

A PDF version of a brochure with program details is available here: Second Friday Series Brochure 2015

Most “2nd Friday Series” programs run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  However, the initial program “A Night in the Forest” begins at 6:30 pm and ends at 10 pm.  A registration fee of $10 will include lunch (or evening snack) and program materials.

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from the Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, US Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

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“A Day in the Woods/2nd Friday Series” partners

For more information contact Dave Apsley apsley.1@osu.edu or 740-710-3009.

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“Young Forests and Wildlife Habitat” offered on September 12th to Woodland Owners and Enthusiasts at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

Thanks to Our Guest Sponsor-Wildlife Management Institute

Thanks to Our Guest Sponsor-Wildlife Management Institute

Oh, to be young again… Ohio’s forests are getting older and this has caused a decline in many wildlife species like ruffed grouse, woodcock and several species of songbirds.   “The 2nd Friday Series” program on “Young Forests and Wildlife Habitat” will inform woodland owners and enthusiasts of the loss of Ohio’s young forests and the value of this critical habitat.  Most landowners have some understanding of the value of old forests and wetlands.  This program will help owners to understand the critical wildlife habitat that these young forests provide. Continue reading

“Ten Ways to Improve Your Woodlands” offered on August 8th to Woodland Owners and Enthusiasts at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

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Making room for a young black walnut tree.

In a world with invasive plants and insects, severe weather events and an unpredictable economy, it is easy for woodland owners to become discouraged.  “Ten Ways to Improve Your Woodlands” is designed to introduce woodland owners to a variety of techniques, tools and other resources available to help them improve their woodlots.  This program will help landowners evaluate their woodlands, set realistic goals and to learn how to work to improve them. Some of the topics covered in this workshop include: 

  • Knowing your woodland: Locating forest boundaries and inventorying your woodland resources
  • Forest Stewardship plans:  Learn why they are important and how to develop one for your property
  • Improving woodland health:  Encouraging native species diversity, improving tree health, and managing invasive plants
  • Keeping informed and getting assistance.  Learn how to access foresters, wildlife biologists and other natural resources professionals to help you to achieve your woodland goals
  • The benefits of getting out and enjoying woodlands with family and friends

 “Ten Ways to Improve Your Woodlands”  and the “2nd Friday Series”  are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from the ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, US Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio State University Extension,  US Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, and Glatfelter.

 “Ten Ways to Improve Your Woodlands” will take place near McArthur, Ohio at the Vinton Furnace State Forest.   This class is August 8th from 9 am to 3:30 pm.  Most of the program will take place outside so dress appropriately.   A registration fee of $10 will include lunch and program materials.  For brochures and more information on the other classes in the 2nd Friday Series, visit http://go.osu.edu/seohiowoods.  Please RSVP by calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1@osu.edu by August 4th.  

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Day in the Woods Partners

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OPIC Offers Workshop “Managing Invasive Plants” at Hocking Hills State Park on May 21

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The Ohio Invasive Plants Council invites you to attend a workshop

to learn more about:

  • Invasive plants that threaten the Hocking Hills region and control strategies
  • Native plant alternatives and restoration techniques
  • The Great Lakes Early Detection Network

Field trips to Hocking Hills parks and preserves will be offered.

A $10 fee will cover lunch and materials for those that pre-register.

Visit OIPC.info to sign up.  Space is limited, so don’t delay!

Location:  Hocking Hills State Park Lodge, 19852 State Route 664 S, Logan, OH

MAY 21 , 201 4           TIME: 9:30AM-3:30PM

Link to Workshop Flier: OIPCworkshopflyerMay21

More details to follow soon, contact Jennifer Windus for more informaton: Jennifer.Windus@dnr.state.oh.us